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4dr Sdn SE *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn SE *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn SXT *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn R/T *Ltd Avail*
4dr Sdn I4 S FWD
  • 4dr Sdn I4 S FWD
  • 4dr Sdn I4 SE FWD
  • 4dr Sdn I4 SEL FWD
  • 4dr Sdn V6 SE FWD
  • 4dr Sdn V6 SEL FWD
  • 4dr Sdn V6 SE AWD
  • 4dr Sdn V6 SEL AWD
4dr Sdn I4 Man GLS
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Man GLS
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto GLS
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto GLS PZEV
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Man SE *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto SE
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto SE PZEV
  • 4dr Sdn V6 Auto GLS
  • 4dr Sdn V6 Auto SE
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto Limited
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto Limited PZEV
  • 4dr Sdn V6 Auto Limited

Prices

MSRP $20,515 $19,035 $18,700
Invoice $18,994 $17,707 $17,922
Avg. Paid $8,629 $9,089 $8,575

U.S. News Scores

Overall 6.7 8.8 8.0
Critics' Rating 6.3 8.9 8.8
Performance 6.5 7.9 7.6
Interior 7.0 8.2 8.4
Operating Cost 7.9 7.6 8.0
Safety 9.2 9.6 9.1
Reliability 2.0 5.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Plenty of passenger room
  • Reasonably well-equipped
  • Engaging handling
  • Available AWD
  • Outstanding reliability and safety scores
  • Plenty of passenger and cargo space
  • Good fuel economy
  • High safety scores
  • Large, premium interior
Cons
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Low-rent interior with small trunk
  • Underpowered, loud base engine
  • Weak brakes
  • Interior ergonomics received mixed reviews
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Bland styling
  • Unrefined five-speed automatic
  • Some complaints of a soft suspension

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.4L/144 Gas I4 2.3L/140 Gas I4 2.4L/144
MPG 21 City / 30 Hwy 20 City / 29 Hwy 21 City / 32 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 108.9 107.4 107.4
Length, Overall (in) 190.9 190.2 188.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.8 80.1 72.1
Height, Overall (in) 58.9 57.2 58.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3243 3181 3292

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Optional
Rear Floor Mats Standard Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 100.5 100.4 105.4
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 38.7 40.1
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 42.3 43.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.4 57.4 57.4
Front Hip Room (in) 53.2 54.0 55.5
Second Head Room (in) 38.3 37.8 38.2
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2 37.2 37.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 56.5 56.9
Second Hip Room (in) 53.2 53.3 55.3
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 13.4 15.8 16.3

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Driver Lumbar Optional
Passenger Lumbar Optional
Power Driver Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Optional Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Optional Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Optional Optional Standard
Daytime Running Lights Optional Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Optional Optional Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Optional
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.3L/140 2.4L/144
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 173 @ 6000 160 @ 6250 175 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 166 @ 4400 156 @ 4250 168 @ 4000
Transmission Automatic Manual Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 36.5 38.7 35.8

Fuel

Flexible Fuel Capability Optional
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 20 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 29 32
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 17.5 17.7

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent double wishbone Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson w/Stabilizer bars Double-wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) multi-link w/Stabilizer bars Multi-Link

Transmission

Automatic Standard Optional
4-Speed Automatic Standard
5-Speed Automatic Optional
Manual Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.